Now that we're growing really big, getting lots of questions, and plenty of really amazing active users, we should start spreading the word!

From 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta:

Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What would you say? The elevator pitch is a brief sentence that describes what your site is about. Every word counts!

Once decided, it can be sliced and diced to form:

  • the tagline
  • the motto
  • the blurb under the logo
  • a convenience redirect “nickname” for the site
  • perhaps eventually the domain name in some form

(Due to a variety of practical difficulties with domain names, we prefer to de-emphasize domain name selection. Most sites will retain their topic.stackexchange.com names indefinitely.)

Naming is hard — really hard. But if you can come up with a sensible elevator pitch for your community, it’s a great starting point.

P.S. Whoever thought of The Bikeshed for our chatroom better get over here this instant and start raising ideas! >:D


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We're some awesome people who try to help each other change the world through altruism shown through the freedom in our products. :P

P.S. I think oss.se is a better shorthand than os.se because OS sounds like Operating Systems, while OSS is concisely Open Source Software. An abundant S is a blessing for the site not to come with pluralization bugs.

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    some of us are not awesome you insensitive clod! Try to be a little more inclusive.
    – Martijn
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 15:12
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    This site is not solely about open source software. We can't use “software” in the site name or other short description. Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 17:18

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